#SAITstory: “I’ve worked here for a total of 37 years. The first 22 years I worked in a maintenance department, basically fixing anything made of metal … I went to work on my own, but I was asked to come back as an instructor for a one-year contract. I’m still here 15 years later.
Some of my students say, “Jim, when are you retiring? You can’t leave until I’m done.” I say, ‘Okay!’
One thing you never want to do is be afraid ― when you’re afraid, it gets you. Me, I always look at it that if I make a mistake, it’s just a learning curve. It’s fun.
I look at my mom and dad and they sit at home and don’t do anything. I don’t want to be like that, so I’ll keep working. It keeps me young being around the students. They keep me updated of what’s going on out there in the industry. You tell me something, I look at it and research it so I know I’m up to date ― you can’t go stagnant in this. I’ve never been one to be stagnant. There’s a lot of things in the trade I can do. Custom work is one of them. Any kind of metal you give me, I can work with.
I’m not ready to retire. I’m having too much fun.”
Jim Fehr, SAIT instructor, Sheet Metal
Editor’s note: Jim Fehr is part of a skilled team building #SAIT’s 2016 Time Capsule, to be opened in 2116. Watch @sait on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram starting tomorrow to learn how you can be part of the items going into the historic piece. The time capsule will be going in the ground on June 5, 2017.